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Dragon’s blood tree – Threatened by overmaturity, not by extinction: Dynamics of a Dracaena cinnabari woodland in the mountains of Soqotra

Dragon’s blood tree – Threatened by overmaturity, not by extinction: Dynamics of a Dracaena cinnabari woodland in the mountains of Soqotra,10.1016/j.b

Dragon’s blood tree – Threatened by overmaturity, not by extinction: Dynamics of a Dracaena cinnabari woodland in the mountains of Soqotra   (Citations: 2)
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Age determination of tropical trees, and monocotyledons in general, is not an easy task. Representatives of the Dracaena genus have survived in woodlands on dry margins of the Tethys tropical forest since the Tertiary Period. Here we present analyses of Dracaena cinnabari (DC) stand dynamics via direct and indirect methods of age determination. The direct method has taken advantage of historical photographs of DC mountain woodlands from Soqotra during an Austrian scientific expedition in 1899 by comparing these with the woodland stage in 2004. A decline in the number of tree individuals is obvious, but considering the little that is known about dynamics of DC woodland, one cannot simply state that such decline means forest destruction. The results from this direct method are compared to an indirect mathematical method of age determination using data from 2003. Indirect age determination values differed only about 6.5% from those obtained with the direct method, indicating that the indirect methodology is quite precise.
Journal: Biological Conservation - BIOL CONSERV , vol. 142, no. 4, pp. 772-778, 2009
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    • ...Grazing by livestock, mainly goats, has been recognised as the main factor hindering the regeneration of Dracaena cinnabari (Adolt and Pavlis 2004; Attorre et al. 2007a; Habrova et al. 2009), and the same impact could be expected for Boswellia species...
    • ...This has also been hypothesised for the dragonblood tree based on the analyses of the fairly homogenous forest stands (Adolt and Pavlis 2004; Attorre et al. 2007a; Habrova et al. 2009)...

    Fabio AttorreNadimet al. Developing conservation strategies for endemic tree species when faced...

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